Melbourne grandmother left bleeding after brutal bashing outside South Yarra Greek Orthodox church

A Melbourne grandmother has been left with horrific injuries after being bashed outside a church over the weekend.

Penelope Katsavos was opening the Greek Orthodox Church in South Yarra on Saturday morning when she was viciously attacked.

A man grabbed the 78-year-old’s shopping trolley, punched her in the face, pushed her over and kicked her while she was on the ground.

Katsavos suffered bleeding on the brain, a fractured pelvis and wrist, as well as severe brusing.

Her injuries are so bad it’s feared she may never fully recover from the brutal attack.

Penelope Katsavos was attacked on Saturday morning. Credit: 7NEWS

The grandmother-of-six was left helpless and bleeding on the steps outside the church for at least 15 minutes following the attack.

Council street cleaners called police and tried to comfort the 78-year-old after they found her.

Her son Evri described the attacker as “gutless”.

“It saddens me to talk about… to think about the pain that she actually went through,” Evri told 7NEWS.

The 78-year-old was opening the Greek Orthodox Church at South Yarra when she was attacked.
The 78-year-old was opening the Greek Orthodox Church at South Yarra when she was attacked. Credit: 7NEWS
Penelope is now recovering.
Penelope is now recovering. Credit: 7NEWS

“(It’s) just real gutless to hit anyone, let alone an elderly person… defenceless.”

Penelope is now recovering from her injuries.

She is a full-time carer for her husband Thomas, who has dementia.

The couple has devoted themselves to voluntary work for the church for more than 30 years.

Penelope and husband Thomas.
Penelope and husband Thomas. Credit: 7NEWS

“We know that’s she’s very strong and she makes us all strong as well,” Evri said.

The 78-year-old’s trolley was found a short distance away from the church with her phone and handbag inside.

No cash was taken.

Police are treating the assault as a random attack and are seeking information about the offender.

The man behind the attack has been described as having a thin build with dark hair.

He was wearing dark clothing at the time and was last seen heading towards Chapel Street with the trolley.

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